Video: Lena Headey Discusses Working With Peter Dinklage

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video from the season 2 DVD of Game of Thrones, which will be released February 19th.  Mark your calendars!

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Fight for the Throne

I love this depiction of the battle for the throne. To see all the characters who want to control it gives us a nice synopsis of the series as a whole.  Not to mention this is really well executed!

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Rose Leslie added to Game of Thrones panel as Lena Headey, Kit Harington bow out

Unfortunately, it looks as though Lena Headey, who plays Cersai Lannister, will not be able to attend SDCC this year.  Nor will our beloved Jon Snow, Kit Harington.  However, you’ll be able to see Rose Leslie as she has just been added!

From Cinema Blend:

Another day, another change-up to the panel for Game of Thrones at Comic-Con. And unlike the update we shared yesterday, this one doesn’t sound like a trade-off. One key cast member will not be appearing in the panel as scheduled, due to an injury.

Yesterday we learned that Lena Headey was unfortunately not going to be at the Comic Con panel for Game of Thrones due to a scheduling conflict. There was a bright side to that situation, as it was announced that Rose Leslie, who plays Ygritte on the HBO fantasy drama series, was set to fill the vacancy. Now it looks like Kit Harington will also not be attending SDCC for the Game of Thrones panel. The official GoT Twitter posted the following update…

So, unfortunately it looks like there will be no Jon Snow at the SDCC Game of Thrones panel, and there’s no word on anyone else coming in to fill his place. Hopefully Harington’s injury heals quickly and fully. From what the Hollywood Reporter says, it doesn’t sound like it’ll interfere with production on the series’ third season. He will definitely be missed by fans at this year’s Con though.

Here’s wishing Kit a speedy recovery!

Character Summary – Cersei Lannister

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Today we will go into the life of Cersei Lannister, Queen Dowager of the Seven Kingdoms.

She is the elder of the twins Lannister, her twin being Jaime Lannister, of whom she is very close to – I mean, really close.  Basically too close.  However, she resents her youngest brother, Tyrion Lannister, and blames him for their mother’s death since she died giving birth to Tyrion.  She is the mother of three blond-haired children, all from her incestuous affair with her brother Jaime, but having claimed that Robert Baratheon, her husband and King of the Seven Kingdoms, is their father.

Cersei is quite the manipulator, and tries to influence her husband often.  After her son Joffrey got into a slight melee with Arya, Arya’s direwolf Nymeria attacked him, injuring his hand.  Because of that, Cersei  insisted on having Arya Stark’s hand cut off because of Joffrey’s injury.  Luckily for Arya, the King refused.  Cersei then requested that the direwolf be killed, but since Arya had driven Nymeria away after the attack, the King allowed Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, to be killed in her place.

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She, along with her brother Jaime, were also responsible for Bran’s fall from the tower that caused Bran to become paralyzed from the waist down, because he had caught them having sex in an abandoned tower during one of his climbs on the wall. She became fearful that they would be revealed once Bran were to awaken from his coma, and when she went to speak with Catelyn about it, she pretended to have sympathy for Catelyn, all the while hoping that he would die.

Being that she’s very smart, she tries to teach her son Joffrey on the strategies of ruling a kingdom harshly but successfully.  Joffrey listens at first, but later on, we see she doesn’t have as much influence on him once he takes over the Throne.

When Eddard discovers her and Jaime’s secret affair and their children, she actually tries to defend her actions and her love for her brother as being acceptable, similar to that of the Targaryens, whose customs were to marry brother and sister together.  He insists upon her and her children leaving the capital, stating that he will not tell King Baratheon as long as she goes.  But she retorts, saying, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

And she eventually arranged for her husband, Robert Baratheon, to be killed during a hunting party, before Eddard Stark could tell him about Cersei and Jaime’s affair.  Fortunately for Cersei, her ploy was successful.

With Robert out of the way, Joffrey took over the throne, but not without Eddard speaking aloud that the will Robert had left said that the throne would go to the “rightful heir,” something that Eddard wrote instead of writing Joffrey’s name.  Cersei took the will and tore it up in front of him and court and ordered the Barristan to seize Eddard instead of the other way around.  Littlefinger sided with the Lannisters and betrayed the Starks at this point, having Eddard thrown in prison for treason.  He no longer had the advantage over Cersei.

Cersei again uses her manipulative ways to convince Sansa Stark to call her brother, Robb, to King’s Landing and swear fealty to King Joffrey in order to save their father’s life.  She does so, but Robb refuses, knowing that she’s being coerced by Cersei.

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Cersei did, by all accounts, did mean for Eddard Stark to be spared execution and have him serve the rest of his life at the Night’s Watch after he swore fealty.  Unfortunately, even her influence couldn’t persuade King Joffrey to think as wisely as her, and Eddard was executed after all.

It is also revealed that with Jaime Lannister taken prisoner by the Starks, she takes on an affair with another relative: her cousin Lancel Lannister.

Cersei is played by Lena Headey.  Her credits are extensive, with a couple of her most popular roles in recent times being Sarah Connor in the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and as another queen in the graphic movie 300, opposite Gerard Butler.  She’ll also be appearing in the upcoming 2012 film, Dredd.  Some have found Lena’s performance of Cersei as somewhat underperformed and not as vindictive.  But in regards to everyone else on the show, I believe her portrayal is perfectly fine, walking the thin line between evil and not-so-evil, being that her character apparently has a care for her children, but still wants to have control in a way that most women cannot.

 

 

Twinter is Coming – Cersei Lannister

We are thrilled to deliver you our fourth portion in the ‘Twinter is Coming’ #fakewesteros series, which has been immensely exciting to post. The interview answers so far have been absolutely hilarious, so give a ton of credit to the personalities behind these #fakewesteros accounts.

Queen Cersei Lannister may seem nasty at times, and you may not agree with her sexual appetites, but she’s also a woman who hoped to be loved and was treated miserably by her husband, King Robert Baratheon. She also tweets and talks with a biting satire, so raise your glasses to the woman nobody would want to mess with, Cersei Lannister!

But before all else — FOLLOW her on Twitter!

Part I: Samwell Tarly
Part II: Tyrion Lannister
Part III: Sansa Stark
Part IV: Cersei Lannister
Next: Theon Greyjoy

Did you ever, in the course of sleeping with your brother, consider whether it might be a little wrong?

Cersei Lannister: There is nothing wrong with having the best. If your family comes from dirt and/or is regarded as a powerless, mud-farming family of the secondary-character, sideshow variety (eg: the Tullys), then I could see incest being a disgusting abomination. But when you are a LANNISTER, you are the best, and you need to be with the best — therefore, other Lannisters (not Tyrion). As it stands, there is no one who is my equal. Jaime is as close as I can get. If you think it’s wrong, then your opinion doesn’t matter. And you can always be executed.

Did you respect Ned Stark as a character, and could you ever come to peace with his deceased sister?

Cersei Lannister: I blame Ned Stark for his own death. I have no respect for slow-moving creatures who try to play with Lions and wind up getting hurt. As for dear Lyanna, I have nothing against useless, rural sluts who only get by on their looks. I wish her the best in her future endeavors.

Who are your favorite people to tweet among the #FakeWesteros people? Who’s the funniest?

Cersei Lannister: @Tyrion_Halfman is insightful and appropriately pathetic. I want to kill him most of the time, and one day, after I’ve hacked his account and laid waste to all he holds dear, I will. I am somewhat sentimental about all my little Twars and abuse-hurling friends. @Lady_Margaery tries again and again to foil me, but seriously, that shemale has no idea who she’s messing with. @GregorPartyDude is one of the sickest SOBs you ever will meet on Twitter — his ease of violence and appreciation for the truly bane makes me laugh.

But by far the highlight of the Twitterscape are the fans, my Lannister loyalists. They think I am always right, and that makes them correct.

How crushed were you when Robert Baratheon met his end?

Cersei Lannister: I wore my celebration panties to his funeral. Does that answer your question?

What are some of your sauciest tweets? If you don’t want to go looking back, maybe then just give us a couple recent ones you liked.

Cersei Lannister: 

“First rule of Incest Club – you do not talk about Incest Club.”

“A princess waits for rescue. A real woman saves her own damn self.”

“All in favor of excessive male nudity in Season 2, say AYE #GameOfThrones”

“I want what every woman wants: chocolate, good sex, and to watch my enemies suffer.”

“The #GameOfThrones theme park should have rides on which you think you’re gonna die, but you don’t. And then you do.”

“God grant me the serenity to accept those I cannot kill, the courage to kill the ones I can, and the balls to ignore the difference.”

Most importantly: “If you can`t be rich, at least be interesting. And if you can`t be interesting, at least be QUIET.”

FOLLOW Cersei Lannister here: @Queen_Cersei

VIDEO: Season 2 Character Featurette on Joffrey Baratheon (Spoiler)

All I can say is if you don’t want to know what’s in store for Season 2, then don’t watch.